French I: Advent of the Ancien Régime

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Eric Wistrom / MMLA
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From the trial of Marie/Marin le Marcis (1601) to the esthetics of the monstrueux in Pantagruel (1532) and Phèdre (1677) to the shifting literary optic of Jacques le Fataliste et son maître (1796), questions of hybridity, duality, and paradox have remained central to development of the Early Modern literary canon and its related philosophical principles. In keeping with this year’s MMLA convention theme of “Duality, Doubles and Doppelgängers”, papers investigating the complex relationship between the notions of duality, plurality and hybridity will be of particular interest. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Esthetics of literary representation and the interrelationship of image and event
  • (Meta)Physical hybridity, duality, and plurality
  • Philosophical optics of folklore and mythology
  • Liminality between occultism, science and religion

While this panel specifically solicits proposals relating to Early Modern French literature and philosophy, papers extending back through to the Middle Ages are also welcome. Please submit a 300-word abstract and short biography to Eric Wistrom at wistrom@wisc.edu by April 15, 2019